One thing everyone would probably agree on is that the Rat Pack definitely had style. And in the movie Robin & The Seven Hoods, they even sang about it. In that 1964 film, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin are joined by Bing Crosby for a rousing song and dance number on the subject of class, charm and. . .Style. The song, written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen makes the point that it’s not just what you wear, but how you wear it. Or, as the lyrics say, “a flower’s not a flower if it’s wilted, and a hat’s not a hat till its tilted”. In that regard, Frank Sinatra certainly lived his life with style.
In the movie, the song is performed when Frank and Dean’s characters Robbo and Little John decide to give Bing Crosby’s character Allen A. Dale a musical lesson on looking good. First, Bing samples some outrageous outfits to the disapproval of Frank and Dean. Then, Bing, Frank and Dean are transformed from their 1930’s era Chicago gangster wardrobe into sharp black tuxedos with canes and white straw hats. . .at a tilt, of course. And it’s all taken in by an appreciating audience consisting of Sammy Davis Jr.’s character Will, and four other cast members.
Many years later, Style was used as the theme music for a reunion tour featuring Frank, Sammy and Liza Minnelli who was filling in for an ailing Dean Martin. And today, the song is still performed occasionally when the Rat Pack is re-created by Rat Pack Impersonators in Los Angeles, also seen often in Las Vegas and other cities around America.